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One of several Russian oligarchs against whom the United States is imposing sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a businessman who has close ties to the Kremlin and is on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for allegedly interfering in the US election.
On Thursday, authorities announced full sanctions for eight Russian oligarchs and members of their families.
“These individuals have become rich at the expense of the Russian people, and some have raised members of their families to high positions.” The White House the statement said. “Others lead Russia’s largest companies and are responsible for providing the resources needed to support Putin’s (President) Vladimir’s invasion of Ukraine.”
Eugene Prigogine, known as “Putin’s chef”, is accused of conspiracy to deceive the United States by interfering with the Federal Election Commission from 2014 to February 2018. It also allegedly funded the Internet Research Agency, a troll factory in St. Petersburg where Russians posted pro-Kremlin propaganda on the Internet under false names.
“He allegedly monitored and approved their political and electoral interventions in the United States, which included the purchase of American computer server space, the creation of hundreds of fictitious online personalities, and the use of abducted individuals from the United States.” FBI – it is said on the poster in search.
“These actions were allegedly taken to reach a significant number of Americans in order to interfere in the political system of the United States, including the 2016 presidential election,” the agency added.
The FBI noted that Prigogine has ties to Russia, Indonesia and Qatar, and this should be seen as a risk to international flights. He is also considered the founder Wagner’s groupa private paramilitary group that recently deployed 400 troops on a killing mission President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
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Prigogine is called “Putin’s chef” because of his catering establishments, which arrange dinners for the Kremlin, Moscow Times reported last year. The FBI is offering a reward of $ 250,000 for information leading to his seizure.
Apart from Prigogine, other oligarchs are subject to full economic sanctions: Nikolai Tokarov along with his wife, daughter and two luxury real estate companies; Boris Rotenberg with his wife and sons; Arkady Rotenberg and his three children; Sergei Chemezov with his wife, son and stepdaughter; Igor Shuvalov, his five companies, his wife, son, airplane company and his daughter and her company; Alisher Usmanov, his private jet, has been named one of the largest private jets in the world, and his yacht, which was captured by Germany and is one of the largest in the world, the White House said.
The list also includes Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
The U.S. has also imposed visa restrictions on 19 oligarchs known for funding and directing activities in support of Russia’s foreign policy. Restrictions also apply to 47 members of their families and loved ones.
The Ministry of Finance will also target seven Russian structures that it has accused of spreading misinformation: the SDN Strategic Culture Foundation and its related publications, One Homeland, Rhythm of Eurasia, and Camerton Magazine; Southern Front; SDN InfoRos; New Eastern Outlook; Eastern Review; International United World; and geopolitical.
Twenty-six people based in Russia and Ukraine will be appointed by the agency depending on their role in the organizations.
“These structures are spreading false narratives that promote Russia’s strategic goals and falsely justify the Kremlin’s activities,” the White House said.